Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 32-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of his landlord early Wednesday.
Ivan Lee Pinto pleaded not guilty to the charge during his arraignment this afternoon. He was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pinto early Wednesday after he called 911 to report that he’d been attacked and his attacker was dead.
Deputies found Pinto’s 60-year-old landlord dead. The woman had been hit with a barbell and run over by a van, charging documents state.